The Gridiron Grill-Off is a food, wine and tailgate festival that benefits several children’s charities like 4KIDS (helping foster kids find loving homes) and HOPE South Florida (serves homeless families by providing housing, mentoring and assistance to renew broken families and restore lives). The event paired 24 former Miami Dolphin football greats with local South Florida chefs in a grilling competition. Some of the players included Zach Thomas, Jay Fiedler, Mercury Morris and Mark Duper just to name a few. The event was conceived and put together by former Miami Dolphin All-Pro Linebaker John Offerdahl.
Group picture of all the players who participated. From left to right – #11 Jim Jensen, #81 OJ McDuffie, #9 Jay Fiedler, #64 Ed Newman, #65 Jeff Dellenbach, #22 Mercury Morris, #77 AJ Duhe, #23 Troy Stradford, #61 Roy Foster, #85 Mark Duper, ? , Tony Segretto, #84 Troy Drayton, #21 Mark Higgs, #69 Keith Sims, Dave Shula, #28 Don McNeal, ?, #22 Shawn Wooden, #7 Fuad Reveiz, #47 Glen Blackwood, #52 Channing Crowder, ? , #54 Zach Thomas.
Keith Sims, Executive Chef Lauren Hills of Market 17 and John Offerdahl with Lauren’s Smoked Maple Chili Chicken Wings.
No Miami Dolphin event would be complete without a couple Dolphin cheerleaders.
Steve Shapiro, Channel 7 Sports Anchor, John Offerdahl. Lenny Judice, Executive Chef at 15th Street Fisheries, and Zach Thomas.
Dave Shula (Don Shula’s son and President of Shula’s Steak Houses) and former Guard #64 Ed Newman hanging out before the event.
A very intricately carved watermelon at the G-Bar tent.
Every grilling team paired their gourmet food with delicious wines.
Whiskey & Brown Sugar Beef Brisket prepared by Oliver Saucy, Executive Chef at Café Maxx
Salmon Tartare Dip prepared by Lenny Judice, Executive Chef of 15th Street Fisheries.
Fish Tacos prepared by Chris Miracolo, Executive Chef at S3 Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale.
Brisket Rub with Coca-Cola Chipotle Glaze prepared by Kenny Velsor, Executive Chef at The Grill at Calvary.
Paul Castronovo from Paul & Young Ron on Big 105.9.
Young Ron Brewer from Paul & Young Ron on Big 105.9.
Channing Crowder and John Offerdahl.
Linebacker photo! John Offerdahl, Zach Thomas and Channing Crowder.
John Offerdahl, Mark “Super” Duper and Executive Chef Stanton Bundy of the Royal Pig.
Jay Fiedler and John Offerdahl.
Some of the players in the photo – John Offerdahl, Jay Fiedler, Jeff Dellenbach, Zach Thomas, Channing Crowder,
The cornhole stadium.
Score keepers in the cornhole stadium
The cornhole boards for the bean bag competition were decorated with Guy Harvey art work.
A few of the custom cornhole beanbags with some of the big sponsors, Toyota, Scion and Guy Harvey.
Zach Thomas playing cornhole.
Jay Fiedler playing cornhole.